HBI Series on Jewish Women

The HBI Series on Jewish Women publishes a wide range of books about Jewish women and gender issues in diverse contexts. By offering fresh perspectives on Jewish women’s history, lives and experiences worldwide, the series aims to close a major gap in Jewish learning.

Books in the HBI Series on Jewish Women are appropriate for course adoption in Jewish studies, women’s studies, gender studies, history, religion and many other fields of study.


A Poetics of Trauma by Ilana Szobel

A Poetics of Trauma: The Work of Dahlia Ravikovitch
Ilana Szobel
Astute analysis of the work of a great Israeli poet through the lens of psychoanalysis, gender, nationalism, and trauma theory

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American Jewish Women and the Zionist Enterprise

American Jewish Women and the Zionist Enterprise
Shulamit Reinharz and Mark A. Raider, Editors
The first and only complete exploration of the role of American women in the creation and support of the State of Israel

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Double or Nothing: Jewish Families and Mixed Marriage

Double or Nothing? Jewish Families and Mixed Marriage
Sylvia Barack Fishman

A lively and accessible look at Jewish intermarriage and its familial and cultural effects

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Educating in the Divine Image

National Jewish Book Award Winner!
Educating in the Divine Image: Gender Issues in Jewish Orthodox Day Schools
Chaya Rosenfeld Gorsetman, Elana Maryles Sztokman
An incisive look at gender inequalities in Jewish day school education.

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Eternally Eve: Images of Eve in the Hebrew Bible, Midrash, and Modern Jewish Poetry

Eternally Eve: Images of Eve in the Hebrew Bible, Midrash, and Modern Jewish Poetry
Anne Lapidus Lerner
A fascinating analysis of the story of Eve, using modern poetry in conversation with biblical texts and rabbinic rewritings to reveal new layers of meaning

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Expanding the Palace of Torah: Orthodoxy and Feminism

National Jewish Book Award Finalist!
Expanding the Palace of Torah: Orthodoxy and Feminism
Tamar Ross
An extraordinary examination of the theological implications for Orthodox Judaism of women’s changed status in the modern world

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Feminism Encounters Traditional Judaism: Resistance and Accommodation

National Jewish Book Award Winner!
Feminism Encounters Traditional Judaism: Resistance and Accommodation

Tova Hartman

An innovative analysis of how creative tensions between modern Orthodox Judaism and feminism can lead to unexpected perspectives and beliefs

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Forsaken: The Menstruant in Medieval Jewish Mysticism

Forsaken: The Menstruant in Medieval Jewish Mysticism
Sharon Faye Koren
A fascinating analysis of why there are no female mystics in medieval Judaism

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Four Centuries of Jewish Women's Spirituality

Four Centuries of Jewish Women's Spirituality
Ellen M. Umansky, Dianne Ashton
The only comprehensive volume of Jewish women's spiritual writing from the sixteenth century to the present

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Gaby Brimmer: An Autobiography in Three Voices

Gaby Brimmer: An Autobiography in Three Voices
Gaby Brimmer, Elena Poniatowska
The remarkable autobiography of Mexican-Jewish disability rights activist and writer Gabriela Brimmer

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Gender and American Jews: Patterns in Work, Education, and Family in Contemporary Life

Gender and American Jews:
Patterns in Work, Education, and Family in Contemporary Life

Harriet Hartman, Moshe Hartman; Sylvia Barack Fishman, pref.
A much-anticipated sociological analysis of gender components in contemporary American Jewish life based on the most recent population data

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Sharon R. Siegel - A Jewish Ceremony for Newborn Girls

A Jewish Ceremoney for Newborn Girls: The Torah's Covenant Affirmed
Sharon R. Siegel
Formulates a framework for the development of Jewish rituals for newborn girls

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Jewish Feminism in Israel Some Contemporary Perspectives

Jewish Feminism in Israel Some Contemporary Perspectives
Kalpana Misra and Melanie S. Rich, Editors
A dynamic and authentic representation of feminism in Israel by some of its leading exponents and activists

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Jewish Marriage and Divorce in Imperial Russia

Jewish Marriage and Divorce in Imperial Russia
ChaeRan Y. Freeze
A groundbreaking study of Jewish marriage and divorce in 19th-century Russia

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Jewish Portraits, Indian Frames: Women's Narratives from a Diaspora of Hope

Jewish Portraits, Indian Frames: Women’s Narratives from a Diaspora of Hope
Jael Silliman
A riveting family portrait of four generations of Jewish women from Calcutta

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Jewish Women in Pre-State Israel

Jewish Women in Pre-State Israel
Ruth Kark, ed.; Margalit Shilo, ed.; Galit Hasan-Rokem, ed.; Shulamit Reinharz, fwd.
A critical look at the history and culture of women of the Yishuv and a call for a new national discourse

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Federica K. Clementi - Holocaust Mothers and Daughters

Holocaust Mothers and Daughters: Family, History, and Trauma
Federica K. Clementi; Shulamit Reinharz, fwd.
An astonishing analysis of Jewish mother-daughter relations before, during, and after the Shoah as described in daughters’ memoirs

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Knish

Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food
Laura SilverThe one and only absolutely definitive biography of the knish

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The Kosher Baker

The Kosher Baker
Paula Shoyer
This extraordinary bible of kosher baking breathes fresh life into parve desserts and breads.

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Leaving Leningrad: The True Adventures of a Soviet Emigre

Leaving Leningrad: The True Adventures of a Soviet Émigré
Ludmila Shtern
A hilarious memoir of life under communism and capitalism

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Levirate Marriage and the Family in Ancient Judaism

National Jewish Book Award Finalist!
Levirate Marriage and the Family in Ancient Judaism
Dvora E. Weisberg
Provocative exploration of levirate marriage in ancient Judaism that sheds new light on the Jewish family in antiquity and the rabbinic reworking of earlier Israelite law

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Marie Syrkin: Values Beyond the Self

National Jewish Book Award Winner!
Marie Syrkin: Values Beyond the Self
Carole S. Kessner
This book brings to light the fascinating legacy of Marie Syrkin. As a polemical journalist, socialist Zionist, poet, educator, literary critic, translator and idiosyncratic feminist, Syrkin was eyewitness to and reporter on most of the major events in America, Israel and Europe in the twentieth-century.

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Midrashic Women: Formations of the Feminine in Rabbinic Literature

Midrashic Women: Formations of the Feminine in Rabbinic Literature
Judith R. Baskin
A unique look at how non-legal rabbinic writings imagine women and their lives

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Pious and Rebellious: Jewish Women in Medieval Europe

Pious and Rebellious: Jewish Women in Medieval Europe
Avraham Grossman
A pioneering work exploring the social status and daily life of medieval Jewish women

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Princess or Prisoner? Jewish Women in Jerusalem, 1840-1914

National Jewish Book Award Finalist!
Princess or Prisoner? Jewish Women in Jerusalem, 1840-1914

Margalit Shilo
A fascinating journey into the world of women in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community of Jerusalem toward the end of Ottoman rule

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Promised Lands: New Jewish American Fiction on Longing and Belonging

Promised Lands: New Jewish American Fiction on Longing and Belonging
Derek Rubin, ed.
An anthology of previously unpublished stories by leading young Jewish writers that explore the idea of the Promised Land

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Sexual Violence against Jewish Women during the Holocaust

Sexual Violence against Jewish Women during the Holocaust
Sonja M. Hedgepeth, ed.; Rochelle G. Saidel, ed.
The first book in English to specifically address the sexual violation of Jewish women during the Holocaust

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The Best School in Jerusalem

The Best School in Jerusalem: Annie Landau's School for Girls, 1900 - 1960
Laura S. Schor
The first book in English to specifically address the sexual violation of Jewish women during the Holocaust

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Song of Songs Love Lyrics from the Bible

The Song of Songs: Love Lyrics from the Bible
Marcia Falk
An acclaimed translation of the Bible’s celebrated collection of love poetry

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The Covenant of Circumcision New Perspectives on an Ancient Jewish Rite

The Covenant of Circumcision: New Perspectives on an Ancient Jewish Rite
Elizabeth Wyner Mark, Editor
Scholars and rabbis examine the complex history and contemporary challenges of the Jewish rite of circumcision.

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The Men's Section: The Orthodox Jewish Men in an Egalitarian World

The Men's Section: Orthodox Jewish Men in an Egalitarian World
Elana Maryles Sztokman
A provocative look at the inner world of Orthodox Jewish men who attend partnership synagogues

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The Plough Woman: Records of the Pioneer Women of Palestine

The Plough Woman: Records of the Pioneer Women of Palestine
Mark A. Raider and Miriam B. Raider-Roth, Editors
The classic text on the pioneer women of pre-state Israel, updated in 2002

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The Women Who Reconstructed American Jewish Education, 1910-1965

The Women Who Reconstructed American Jewish Education, 1910-1965
Carol K. Ingall, ed.
The first volume to examine the contributions of women who brought the forces of American progressivism and Jewish nationalism to formal and informal Jewish education

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Uncertain Travelers: Conversations with Jewish Women Immigrants to America

Uncertain Travelers: Conversations with Jewish Women Immigrants to America
Marjorie Agosín
An evocative exploration of Jewish women’s immigration to America

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Wedding Song: Memoirs of an Iranian Jewish Woman

Wedding Song: Memoirs of an Iranian Jewish Woman
Farideh Goldin

A riveting personal account of growing up in the shadow of religious fundamentalism

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What Makes Women Sick? Maternity, Modesty, and Militarism in Israeli Society

What Makes Women Sick? Maternity, Modesty, and Militarism in Israeli Society
Susan Sered
An eye-opening look at Israeli women’s life expectancy and health

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Women and American Judaism Historical Perspectives

Women and American Judaism Historical Perspectives
Pamela S. Nadell and Jonathan D. Sarna, Editors
New portrayals of the religious lives of American Jewish women from colonial times to the present

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Women and Water: Menstruation in Jewish Life and Law

 Women and Water: Menstruation in Jewish Life and Law
Rahel R. Wasserfall, Editor
Provocative essays address women’s menstrual rituals in Jewish law, history and culture.

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Women, Birth, and Death in Jewish Law and Practice

Women, Birth, and Death in Jewish Law and Practice
Rochelle L. Millen
A sensitive exploration of the development of pivotal life cycle rituals as they touch Jewish women’s lives

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